I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.
Yesterday, I shared with you pictures of felines that the kind humans at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine were caring for. Today, I will share with you the story of another very lucky feline who was saved by kind humans.
These kind humans came from San Mateo County, California. They traveled to Butte County in order to help fight the Camp fire, which is the deadliest fire in California’s history.
Not surprisingly, the poor feline was dehydrated and malnourished. Foster also suffered burns to their paws and whiskers. The firefighters gave Foster noms and water, and took the rescued feline to an animal welfare organization.
Furiends, it is sad to see all the devastation from the Camp fire. But it makes things a little better when we hear these stories of survival.
It is a horrible thing when humans lose their houses due to fires. Sometimes, these incidents are even more tragic because humans and their four legged family members die in the fire. One feline near me is very lucky, because they escaped a fire that did severe damage to a home.
Fortunately, the human at the home and their canine had managed to escape. But their feline was still stuck in the home.
The fire started because of an electrical issue in the garage. Firefighters put out the fire by attacking it from the ground floor, second floor, and roof. After they had things under control, they cut a hole in the roof. They did this “to let heat out of the structure so they can conduct a more accurate search of the building,” a human with the fire department said.
During the search of the home, firefighters heard a meow behind a closed door. It was the resident cat, Lilith. “We brought that cat out and gave them to the homeowner, so they have their cat,” said the human with the fire department.
The fire caused extensive damage to the home, but the human who was there when it hit is in good spirits. They are obviously sad about the fire damage, but they are happy that they have their feline and canine family members with them.
Firefighters said they were able to save the feline because the doors in the home were closed. That slowed the spread of the fire, and bought them extra time to fight the fire. Then they were able to complete their secondary search and rescue the feline.
Furiends, I am glad that humans try to help felines who are in trouble. But humans who do not know what they are doing may create even more risk for us felines. Please do not attempt to help us if you are not sure you can.
Why am I telling you this? Because a human in Reno did this, and a feline ended up going into a river with near freezing water.
This all started when staff from a health clinic saw a feline stuck in a tree. The tree is located on a small island in the Truckee River. And because the tree is dead, it is not a good place for a feline to be.
These humans called all of the local authorities, including the fire department. But firefighters decided that because rescuing the feline would put their lives at risk, they would not send firefighters into the river.
A misguided human decided they would help the feline. Clothed in only sweatpants and a t-shirt, this human waded through the river to the small island. Then they climbed the tree, and attempted to shoo the feline into a backpack. This was a very bad idea, furiends. No feline is going to want to go into a backpack held by a stranger!
This rescue attempt failed, and caused the feline to fall into the river. Fortunately for this feline, they scrambled out of the river and onto another island nearby.
Firefighters arrived on the scene after this, and they checked for both the feline and the human who attempted the rescue. They could not find either. Animal control placed a trap on the island where the feline landed. They will check on the trap, which can be seen from the shore of the river. And if they catch the feline, they will quickly go and help.